A series of three, one day equine business workshops to help practice owners and managers identify financial performance opportunities for their business using key performance indicators (KPIs) are planned for 2015. 

Hyonate® (sodium hyaluronate), an established treatment of lameness in horses due to non-infectious inflammation of joints, joins Equioxx®, the first COX-2 specific NSAID for horses, in the Merial stable, providing vets with a choice of treatments for inflammation and joint disease.

The joint online publication of a special virtual issue of 22 ophthalmology papers from Equine Veterinary Journal, Equine Veterinary Education and Veterinary Ophthalmology, brings together all the latest research in equine ophthalmology.

With winter behind us and warmer weather on the way, now is the time to encourage your clients to start conducting regular faecal worm egg counts (FWECs) to monitor worm burdens, says Wendy Talbot, Zoetis vet.

BEVA is lobbying for the retention of statutory funding for veterinary research, science and education when the proposed Horserace Betting Right is formed to replace the Horserace Betting Levy board. 

Following the first meeting of the new FEI Executive Board, chaired by recently elected President Ingmar De Vos, Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has removed the two remaining international Endurance events scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in March 2015 from the FEI calendar in an emergency measure to protect horse welfare and to preserve the integrity of the FEI rules and regulations at FEI events.

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome has been the focus of extensive research, and diagnostic and drug developments. However, work currently being undertaken by Derek Knottenbelt, Nicola Kerbyson and Tim Parkin at the Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with Freedom Health LLC is shifting the spotlight towards the large bowel and specifically colonic mucosal pathology. 

A series of one day social media CPD training workshops for equine practices is planned across the UK from March to June. ‘Why social media is so important to equine practices’ is being hosted by social media guru, Dr Julia Bramble of Bramble Buzz and sponsored by ProActive Equine Business. 

The dramatic rise in cases of Atypical Myopathy in the UK last autumn has prompted the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) to remind vets to remain on high alert for further outbreaks this spring. Early diagnosis is essential to give the best chance of survival of this highly fatal disease.